Jenna Bush Hager, the co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, recently gave birth to her third child on August 2, according to multiple sources.
The co-host posted on her Instagram to announce the birth of her son, celebrating his birth with her followers, according to TODAY. Jenna Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager previously had two other children—six-year-old Mila Hager and three-year-old Poppy Hager.
“Welcome to the world my darling Henry Harold “Hal” Hager!” Bush Hager wrote. “Hal came into the world Friday, August 2, 2019, at 9:02 a.m. and our life has never been sweeter.”
According to the news outlet, Hal Hager would be Bush Hager’s first son, as well as the first grandson on both sides of the family. TODAY reported Harold Hager’s name was taken from Bush Hager’s grandfather, Harold Welch, the former first lady Laura Bush’s father. Hal Hager was a healthy little boy weighing 7 pounds and 5 ounces at the time of his birth and was 19.29 inches long.
Initially, according to Bush Hager, who called the news outlet to share her good news, they weren’t sure what to name him, but her daughters started calling him “Hal pal” and the name stuck.
“We weren’t exactly sure about the name,” Bush Hager told TODAY. “Then his big sisters called him ‘Hal pal,’ and we thought, ‘This is just perfect.’”
Although the name stuck, Bush Hager said that her father, George W. Bush, the former president of the United States, jokingly got mad because the new baby boy’s name wasn’t George. However, the former president assured that he was only joking and that the name “Hal” was a great one, TODAY reported.
Ever since Hal Hager was born, Bush Hager said that he has had a fair number of visitors. Bush Hager said that her sister brought donuts for her the day she had her cesarean section, and her daughters seemed very taken with their new little brother, according to TODAY.
“My whole family came. My sister came the first day with donuts, which I don’t think you’re supposed to eat right after a C-section, but I went for it,” Bush Hager said. “And then Mila and Poppy came and picked him out in the nursery, and they’re just crazy about him …The girls are thrilled that they have a little baby brother all of their own.”
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TODAY reported that Bush Hager’s two daughters were so excited about their baby brother that they couldn’t wait to bring Hal Hager back home to be with them. Bush Hager said, “It was so beautiful. Poppy told [Baby Hal Hager] that she loved him and then asked, ‘When we can bring him home?’ … They’re crazy about him.”
Bush Hager also shares the same sentiments with her daughters and is quite taken in by her new child, according to TODAY.
“I feel good. I feel happy. You know, I think when you’re holed up in a hospital room with a newborn and you see the joy and the light in his eyes, you realize this is what life is for — to make the world better for our little babes,” she told TODAY. “Even though the news outside these walls isn’t so great, you see the joy in their eyes and know that that’s what we’re here to do.”
According to AOL, Jenna Bush Hager announced her pregnancy to her co-hosts back in April, a little after she began her role as the co-host of the TODAY show with Hoda Kotb. At the time she announced her pregnancy, she was already five and a half months pregnant.
“We weren’t really trying to get pregnant. We had some fertility issues with Poppy. It’s a little bit of a shock, but it’s such great news,” Bush Hager said. During TODAY when the hosts were sharing about their Easters, Bush Hager hinted that she was expecting another child.
“[Mila and Poppy] got something extra [in their Easter basket] … it’s pretty sweet, but I don’t know if it’s sugary, but,” she said, and the other hosts picked up on her hint.
“I’m only telling because Mila and Poppy found out yesterday in their Easter baskets,” Bush Hager told the other anchors. She said that after hearing about the news, they started telling strangers that their mother was pregnant, and were so happy to receive a brother of their own. “They told the man behind me on the airplane; they told the people at church. I’m very pregnant. I don’t know how I hid this.”
“We’re thrilled. It’s a shock. It’s a lot, but we’re grateful.”